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Holloway reflects on Union Berlin friendly

QPR boss Ian Holloway admitted he is pleased with the progress his players are making, despite seeing the R’s lose 2-1 to FC Union Berlin in pre-season friendly action in Germany tonight.

Rangers lost a keenly-contested affair 2-1 in Berlin, with a late penalty clinching victory for the hosts.

Trailing 1-0 at half-time to Damir Kreilach’s 19th minute goal, the Hoops responded well after the break, equalising through Matt Smith’s 48th minute header.

An even contest went the way of the hosts, however, when Philipp Hosiner converted from the spot 15 minutes from time, after James Perch was adjudged to have fouled his man in the box.

Despite the defeat, Holloway was praiseworthy of his sides performance, commenting: “No-one likes losing football matches, but I can’t fault the players at all.

“They showed great character and commitment throughout the 90 minutes and more than matched a very good Berlin team.

“They’re a week ahead of us in terms of their pre-season preparations and they made lots of changes early in the second half, but I didn’t think you’d have known to be perfectly honest.

“We were good with the ball, we defended well without the ball and overall I’m pleased with the progress we’re making as a squad.”

Rangers return to London this evening, before playing host to AFC Bournemouth in our final friendly at Loftus Road on Saturday.

Holloway added: “We’re looking forward to Saturday.

“It’s an important day for the club, as we pay tribute to one of our most iconic players ever in Stan Bowles.

“And it’s an important day for us too as we countdown to the start of the season.

“We’re playing a very, very good Bournemouth side, who I admire greatly, but it’s another opportunity for us to keep doing the good things we’re doing, which I’m sure those supporters who were at the game tonight would’ve acknowledged we did well this evening.”

Overall I’m pleased with the progress we’re making as a squad.

Ian Holloway